Gameday at a glance
Spurs (27-14) vs. Sacramento Kings (13-25)
When, where: Monday, 9 p.m., Sacramento
Season series: Spurs lead 1-0
Last meeting: Spurs 108, Kings 99, Dec. 23, Sacramento
Spurs’ last game: Lost to Trail Blazers 111-110, Sunday, Portland, Ore.
Kings’ last game: Beat Nuggets 106-98, Saturday, Sacramento
Spurs’ last 10 games, streak: 6-4, lost one
Kings’ last 10 games, streak: 4-6, won one
Notable: Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Manu Ginobili (rest), Danny Green (tightness, left groin) and Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder strain) are out for Monday night's game.
Close but no cigar.
The Spurs opened their three-game West Coast trip Sunday with a 111-110 loss in Portland, but 40-year-old guard Manu Ginobili continued his tear off the bench.
San Antonio continues its three-game West Coast trip Monday night against Sacramento, but Ginobili has been ruled out by coach Gregg Popovich, who is giving him the night off to rest because it's the second half of a back-to-back.
Starters Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, and steady backup Rudy Gay also will miss the game.
"I thought it was a good game," Popovich said after Sunday night's game. "Both teams were very aggressive. Both teams played hard," Popovich said after Sunday night's game. "The game could have gone either way, and you win and you lose."
Two days after scoring a season-high 21 points in a home win over the Phoenix Suns, Ginobili upped the ante with a 26-point game against the Trail Blazers. He hit 9 of 16 shots, including 6 of 9 from the three-point line.
Ginobili ended the first half of the season on a torrid pace, shooting 62.5 percent (20/32) from the field over a three-game run. He's nailed 68.7 percent (11/16) of his attempts from beyond the arc during that span.
Ginobili made 7 of 10 shots, including 3 of 4 from the three-point line, against the Suns. He started the run in a road win over the Knicks on Jan. 2, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Ginobili was 3 of 4 from the three-point line in that game. He didn't play in a loss to Philadelphia on the next night because it was the second half of a back-to-back.
The Spurs almost pulled out the win despite playing without Tony Parker, Leonard, Green and Gay. LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 30 points and 14 rebounds, but he missed two free throws with 1:27 left and the Silver and Black leading 108-107. He also missed a jumper from the elbow as time ran out.
"I felt we competed, tried to make big plays," said Aldridge, who played nine seasons with Portland before signing with the Spurs in July 2015. "Definitely have to be better. I think this one is on me. I missed two free throws and then I rushed the last shot. I thought the team did a really good job of putting us in that position, working hard."
"I have to knock down my free throws, and I have to take my time on that shot. I just rushed it. I didn't want to put it on the floor too much because I didn't know who was behind me. It's basketball and every experience, you can learn from it. Next time I'm in that position, I'll take my time and I'll look around. I definitely want to be better. I have to be better down the stretch."
Aldridge finished the first half of the season with 874 points and 335 rebounds. Only two other Spurs, David Robinson and Tim Duncan, have ever had those kinds of numbers 41 games into a season.
Ginobili, the second-oldest player in the NBA behind Vince Carter, who plays for Sacramento, is the first player in NBA history to score 20+ points off the bench in back-to-back games at age 40 or older. Ginobili is also the first NBA player age 40+ to score 25+ points with at least six three-pointers.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan scored more points in a game at 40 or older than Ginobili, who turns 41 on July 28. Carter celebrates his 41st birthday on Jan. 26.
Up next for the Spurs after Monday's game: at Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.
Next Spurs home game: vs. Nuggets, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
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